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Ernest S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-828) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Frances Proctor Cohen,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-828

Videotape testimony of Ernest S., who was born in Hildesheim, Germany, in 1925. Mr. S. recalls the gradual development of the Nazi ideology and program in Hildesheim; his public school education; the initial absence of anti-Semitic acts against his family; and the Nuremberg laws which partly influenced his parents' decision to emigrate. He relates his father's arrest in 1938 for attempting to send money out of the country; the killing of an uncle during Kristallnacht; the burning of the local synagogue; seizure of the Jewish-owned bank where his father worked; and his transfer to the local Jewish school. He recounts his father's trial and conviction; his release in October 1939; some neighbors' acts of kindness; his family's obtaining a U.S. visa in February 1940; their rail journey through Germany, occupied Poland, and the Soviet Union, to Harbin, Manchuria; their voyage on a Japanese cargo ship to Seattle, Washington; and their adjustment and integration in wartime America.

S., Ernest, 1925-
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
January 14, 1987.
Hildesheim (Germany)
Harbin (China)
Seattle (Wash.)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ernest S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-828). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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